SOUTHERN League officials have revealed they would prefer to null and void the 2020/21 season.

Dorchester Town could therefore face an identical situation to the 2019/20 campaign, which was also scrubbed from the records.

League officials have also delayed any resumption in play up to and including Saturday, March 6 amid the third national lockdown.

Dorchester fall into Step 3 of the National League System, meaning the Magpies are classified as taking part in ‘non-elite’ sport.

Under the latest restrictions, fixtures and training are forbidden for ‘non-elite’ clubs.

Member clubs will be contacted for their views on a method for completing the season, but the ultimate decision rests with the FA Council.

In a statement, the Southern League said: “In order to reach a decision that will apply across Steps 3 & 4 in the National League System, and which is informed by the views of all clubs at Steps 3 & 4, clubs will shortly be asked by the Football Association to provide views on whether the 2020/21 season should be terminated and, if not, what the alternative should be.

“This will take the form of a short survey.

“Independent of that survey, all three of the Trident Leagues’ boards hold the view that the season should cease immediately and be declared null and void.

“The ultimate decision lies with the FA Council, following a proposal made by the Alliance Committee but no proposal will be drafted until clubs’ views have been collated and assessed.

“In the meantime, the Pitching In Southern Football League is postponing all fixtures up to and including Saturday 6th March since there is no suggestion that the national lockdown will be lifted prior to said date.

“The league will continue to provide its member clubs with updates as and when it is able to do so.”